17th June 2017 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children under 12, including picture book writers. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing, home to authors including Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10-minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Louise Lamont - LBA Books
After studying English Literature and Medieval Studies at university, Louise Lamont joined the literary agency AP Watt Ltd after a brief spell in the world of film development. Louise worked with Caradoc King and his clients for seven years, while also building my own list. In 2013, she moved to LBA Books.
Louise is particularly looking for writers and illustrators for children and teen readers: strong, sharp storytelling with a hint of humour and a sense of adventure.
Hannah Sheppard - DHH Literary Agency
Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children’s Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne’s critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Bruise.
She joined the DHH Literary Agency in 2013 because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most – using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success.
Hannah represents authors across children’s fiction (from 9+ including teen and YA but no picture books) and a small number of adult fiction authors (her main interests are thrillers and romance). She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge – although she’d love to find a great contemporary romance too.
Sarah Such - Sarah Such Literary Agency
Shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in The British Book Awards in 2017, Sarah Such has worked in book publishing since 1990, initially in roles across editorial, marketing and press including; marketing assistant at Random House Children's Books, Marketing and Publicity Manager of Chatto & Windus, Publicity Director of Penguin UK, Senior Editor at Hodder & Stoughton and Editorial Director at Duckworth.
She founded Sarah Such Literary Agency in 2007, a leading independent literary agency focussing on debut novels and original new writers across both literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, YA and Children's books (including illustrated), since when she's been shortlisted twice consecutively for Literary Agent of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2013 and 2014.
Children's Fiction: Sarah looks primarily for original and vivid storytellers by writers and illustrators whose voice is distinct, contemporary and relevant, whatever genre and age group the work is aimed at. We want to be surprised, delighted and excited bu winning children's fiction submission.
Authors include: Tony De Saulles, Antony Johnston, Benjamin J. Myers, Nikhil Singh, John Harris-Dunning, Amy Lankester-Owen, Louisa Leaman, John Rowley and Sara Starbuck.
Penny Holroyde - Holroyde Cartey Agency
Penny Holroyde has worked in children's publishing for over twenty years, first in the rights department at Walker Books and then as Director of Rights and Licensing for Candlewick Press in the United States.
She then worked as an agent at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency for ten years before founding Holroyde Cartey in 2015 with former Hodder Art Director, Claire Cartey.
Holroyde Cartey represents several author/illustrator clients such as Jenni Desmond, Tor Freeman, Debi Gliori, Tim Hopgood, Paul Howard, Chris Mould and Sam Usher but don't insist that all clients can do both. Holroyde Cartey represent texts for picture books through to YA. They're currently looking for picture books and young fiction that is funny, poignant animal stories, middle-grade adventure with a light fantasy touch and sophisticated contemporary YA, anything with an original voice.
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest edition of Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
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The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 9.30am, with workshops starting at 10am prompt.